business

WRKF
6:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Proponents Urge Small Businesses To Get Educated While They Can

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:17 am

Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty.

In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.

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Community
10:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

LA Swift Bus Service To Baton Rouge Ends Today

The LA Swift bus leaving New Orleans for Baton Rouge.
Eve Troeh WWNO

Today is the final day for the LA Swift bus. That’s the commuter bus between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, started shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It has provided transport between the cities for just a few dollars, by far the cheapest option available.

Downtown at Tulane and Loyola Avenues, Carrie Robicheaux waits for the Swift bus back to Baton Rouge, after a trip to see her New Orleans doctor. She’s taken this bus since she moved away after Katrina.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Out To Lunch: NOLA On A (Whole Wheat) Roll

Michael Hecht, John Elstrott and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Whole Foods Market was born in New Orleans. We're staying ahead of the curve.

John Elstrott, Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market, tells the fascinating tale of the birth of the health food giant and equally fascinating tale of what's ahead. CEO of GNO, Inc. Michael Hecht is one of the architects of New Orleans' sensational business resurgence.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Art Of Marketing Art

John Flemming, Mia Volkemmer and Peter Ricchiuti
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Arts administrator Mia Volkemmer, and fine artist and leather mask-maker John Flemming, join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch filled with tales of the art world that range from Uptown New Orleans to Afghanistan and Bridget Bardot.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Sun Salutations & Supplements

Peter Ricchiuti, Jessica Blanchard and Mackie Shilstone.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

In a city known for decadence, fitness guru Mackie Shilstone and international finance consultant turned yoga instructor promote healthy living.

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Out To Lunch
12:32 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Startup Superstars On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Gary Solomon and Kenneth Purcell.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The face of New Orleans business is changing. So is the face of New Orleans itself.

Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch this week are the prime movers of both. Kenneth Purcell’s iSeatz creates the software that runs online booking for American Express Travel, Delta, KLM, and Orbitz. Gary Solomon Jr.’s The Solomon Group lights up the Superdome.

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Economic Development
9:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

What Will Happen To The World Trade Center? City Meeting Tuesday

New Orleans World Trade Center stands 33 stories high
djnaquin67 flickr

A city committee meets at 3 p.m. today to evaluate proposals for one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in New Orleans. Three developers are vying for the World Trade Center site. Two would renovate the blocky 1960s office tower, and a third would demolish it in favor of a giant funnel-shaped sculpture, or some other tourist attraction.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Films And Festivals On Out To Lunch

A.J. Niland, Peter Ricchiuti and Andre Champagne.
Credit Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

The party never ends in New Orleans! Films and festivals roll on through the summer.

Andre Champagne's massive fleet of Hollywood Trucks keeps the Hollywood South industry rolling, and A.J.Niland's New Orleans-based HUKA Entertainment stages some of the nation's biggest and brightest music festivals.

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Red River Radio
7:15 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Paper Bag Manufacturer Celebrates Shreveport Plant Opening

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 8:24 am

Paper bag maker Ronpak marked the opening of its new manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters at a ceremony yesterday at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. Over the past two years, the privately held company moved its headquarters from New Jersey and built a $16.8 million manufacturing facility at the Port in order to be near a Dallas customer.

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Out To Lunch
1:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Beyond The Boom Town On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Dana Eness and Blair duQuesnay.
Credit Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

We can't keep saying that we're in a boom forever. After it’s over — where to, New Orleans? Dana Eness from The Urban Conservancy and Blair duQuesnay from Ignite Investments and Planning look toward the dawn of the day after the boom. Will we have long-term change or a nostalgic golden era to look back on?  

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